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Cowgate plan welcomed by neighbours

posted 17 Jan 2009, 03:46 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 17 Jan 2009, 03:47 ]
Neighbours of the Cowgate fire site have welcomed news that a £40 million redevelopment plan for the site has passed its first planning hurdle.  Council officials have recommended the scheme – which includes a 200-bedroom hotel, festival venue, shops and glass walkways – be given the go-ahead.

The project, dubbed SoCo by the developers, would also include a business centre, a new home for the former La Belle Angele nightclub and two new pends and courtyards.

Council planners have attached a number of conditions to approval being given, including asking the Edinburgh-based developer, Whiteburn Projects, to lower the height of a "tower" rising up from the Cowgate.

Lisa Rowan, manager of The Caves club and events space, which neighbours the Cowgate fire site, said: "We are fully supportive of the building."

Source: Edinburgh Evening News